Actor and author John Cho and journalist and author Maria Hinojosa will present at the 2022 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

For Immediate Release
Thu, 03/03/2022


Donna Hunter

Marketing Specialist

Conference Services

American Library Association

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) today announced that actor and author John Cho and journalist and author Maria Hinojosa will present at the 2022 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, D.C., June 23-28, 2022.

Registration is open.

Cho’s prolific acting career has spanned more than two decades, from his breakout roles in the cult comedies "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" and "American Pie," to his iconic portrayal of Sulu in the blockbuster "Star Trek" franchise, to more recently starring in his critically acclaimed and award-recognized performance in "Searching" and Netflix's "Cowboy Bebop." He will discuss his first book, “Troublemaker,” a young adult novel that follows the events of the LA Riots through the eyes of 12-year-old Jordan as he navigates school and family. The book will highlight the unique Korean American perspective.

Hinojosa’s journalism career has spanned nearly 30 years, reporting for PBS, CBS, WGBH, WNBC, CNN and NPR and anchoring and executive producing the Peabody Award–winning show Latino USA. She will discuss “Once I Was You,” a memoir that shares her intimate experience growing up Mexican American on the South Side of Chicago. She offers a personal and illuminating account of how the rhetoric around immigration has not only long informed American attitudes toward outsiders, but also sanctioned willful negligence and profiteering at the expense of our country’s most vulnerable populations—charging us with the broken system we have today. It’s an urgent call to fellow Americans to open their eyes to the immigration crisis and understand that it affects us all. It’s also a portrait of how we got here and what it means to be a survivor, a feminist, a citizen, and a journalist who owns her voice while striving for the truth. The memoir is published in Spanish, as “Una vez fui tú.” Once I Was You,” the Young Readers Edition, will be available August 2022.

The health and safety of conference attendees and vendors is our first priority. ALA is carefully tracking all of the latest health and safety guidance for large group gatherings from the CDC, the DC Department of Health, as well as the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, which is working with suppliers in environmental services, health and safety technology upgrades, food and beverage and other services. See the American Library Association Annual Conference 2022 Health Protocols page that will be regularly updated should changes occur.

The ALA Annual Conference invites library professionals in all levels of their careers and from all library types to engage in top quality professional development opportunities, including more than 160+ education sessions, and have access to the latest insights from experts on policy, research and technology at the News You Can Use sessions. There will be 12+ memorable thought leaders and celebrity speakers who will share their unique insights on the main stage.

The Library Marketplace will host many of the popular exhibits and activities from past conferences. More than 550 knowledgeable exhibitors will provide access to innovative products and services, and publishers will host more than 80 presentations from established and new authors on nine genre-specific stages. Other onsite favorites include Meet the Authors, Poster Sessions, the Live at the 25 Podcast booth, free advanced reading copies (ARCs), and more.

The Preliminary Scheduler currently includes a variety of interactive sessions organized by ALA Divisions and Units. The Scheduler will be updated with new agenda content as we move toward the conference.

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